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Virginia Creeper Project

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Owen Reich:
This is a project I've been working on since 2008.  Vine originally collected from the cloverleaf right next to a police station in Nashville.  The Spring after collection, the vine didn't leaf out at all and no buds swelled.  There were no branches and very few roots as collection was a very quick affair.  Vine was covering a sheer rock face about 30 feet high and wide.

In June of 2009, I winged the plant into the woods.  Mid-arc, I saw white feeder roots and caught on first bounce.  The creeper leafed out a week later.  

Very little changed for a few years as it was growing in heavy peat moss and granite grit.  Photos below are from 2014

Owen Reich:
In October of 2014, I decided on the final planting angle and started hunting for a final container.

Owen Reich:
In February of 2015, I repotted the creeper into a temporary container by Jim Barrett.  Container was chosen to house the roots I wired with heavy aluminum wrapped in electrical tape.

Owen Reich:
Yesterday, I detail wired the bonsai, removed the heavy wires on the roots, and defoliated the Parthenocissus quinquefolia.  Then, I slip-potted into a pink container by Michael Hagedorn I acquired from Jim Doyle of Nature's Way.  This is the third round of defoliation this year; first being largest Spring foliage, second was 50% of foliage (largest leaves and those creating shade), last was 90% defoliation leaving only the weakest foliage on new necessary shoots.

New foliage in the past has come out about the diameter of a silver dollar after three rounds.  Fall color should be dead on for Asheville  ;D.

Zach Smith:

--- Quote from: Owen Reich on August 04, 2015, 09:41 PM ---Yesterday, I detail wired the bonsai, removed the heavy wires on the roots, and defoliated the Parthenocissus quinquefolia.  Then, I slip-potted into a pink container by Michael Hagedorn I acquired from Jim Doyle of Nature's Way.  This is the third round of defoliation this year; first being largest Spring foliage, second was 50% of foliage (largest leaves and those creating shade), last was 90% defoliation leaving only the weakest foliage on new necessary shoots.

New foliage in the past has come out about the diameter of a silver dollar after three rounds.  Fall color should be dead on for Asheville  ;D.

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Nice job, Owen.  I collected a trumpet vine about a month ago, it's just a trunk now but should grow like a vine(!).  Wisteria has always proven really hard for me to collect in larger size, they start rotting pretty quickly and don't seem to want to stop.  Have you ever worked with pepper vine?  I've got quite a bit of it where I live, but rarely see it with much trunk size.

Keep us posted on this one, anxious to see the progress.

Zach

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